Strategic and Tactical Perspectives on
Outsourcing Practices in Operations Management


Authors: Laura Guitart TARRES, Ana Nez
CARBALLOSA
and Jaume Valls PASOLA

Published in: Vol:8 No.1 / 2007

      This paper outlines four theories for understanding an organisation's decision to outsource: two adopt an economic perspective (transaction cost theory and agency cost theory), while two provide a strategic perspective (resource-based view and resource-dependence theory). This framework is the basis to define the tactical or strategic way of outsourcing activities. Thus, the research question is: why do firms opt to outsource their logistic and production activities?
      In order to answer this question, we designed a study of multiple explanatory cases, using a qualitative methodology in an effort at revealing the reasons (tactical or strategic) underlying the decision to outsource the logistical and production activities.